Essential services available to families in need

Editor's note: During the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, due the coronavirus pandemic, many community service organizations are continuing to assist families in need.

The following is a list of organizations available to those who need assistance. If you have information you would like to share on this list, or if any of the information is incorrect, please contact the associate editor at or the staff reporter at

Food assistance:

• The RCAMA Food Pantry at 831 S. Chestnut St., Reed City, is open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., every Tuesday, for pick up of pre-packaged groceries. Packages include meats, eggs, margarine, bread, paper products and soap products, as well as other essential items as available. Everyone is welcome.

• The Bread of Life Food Pantry in Baldwin is opened from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays. For more information, call (231) 745-7997.

• Manna Pantry is open from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 315 State St., Big Rapids. For more information, call (231) 743-5559.

• Project Starburst is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the United Church of Big Rapids, 120 S. State Street. They serve Mecosta and Osceola county families. For more information, call (231) 796-5342 or visit

• The Osceola County Commission on Aging is offering meal delivery and curbside pickup for seniors. For more information call (231) 743-5559.

• FiveCap in Baldwin is hosting the Emergency Food Assistance for Families food distribution June 4. For more information, call (231) 745-4617, or (231) 757-3785.

• St. Ann's Church in Baldwin is continuing home delivery of meals for seniors, and they are making masks for seniors. For more information, call (231) 745-7997.

• Baldwin Community Schools has food distribution from 9 to 11 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays.

• Houseman's Food Center is offering curbside pick up of groceries to seniors and at-risk/vulnerable populations. For more information, call (231) 745-2661.

• A new program, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT), provides temporary funding to address emergency food needs for families affected by the pandemic. Families with students ages 5-18 that are eligibleb for free or reduced lunch are eligible for P-EBT.

Other services:

• Yates Dial-a-Ride is offering free pick up and delivery of groceries and medicine for seniors and elderly with disabilities. For more information, call (231) 745-7311.

• FiveCap in Baldwin is available to assist with food, shelter, utilities and other emergency needs, as well as filing income taxes. For assistance, call (231) 745-4617 or (231) 757-3785.

• If you need assistance finding food, paying bills, or other essential services, go to or call 211 to speak with a community resource specialist in your area.

• Community connections is a free program offering connections to community resources for adults, children and families. Call District Health No. 10 at (800) 217-3904.